I received a review copy of this book two months back but had to wait towards its publication date to review it on my blog. Here’s my take on it.
Agent Jay Porter of the FBI is sent to the US Embassy in Poland to assist with an Investigation, joining CIA agent Kurt Crawford, where 4 murders have been carried out wherein bodies have been dumped by the same river and victims have nuclear radiation on their hands and a slash to the face. It is 1992, and the recent collapse of the Soviet Union poses threats with its porous borders, poorly protected nuclear arsenal, and the badly paid or now redundant nuclear scientists and military. General Drako Mladic, head of security of Yugoslavia sees his chance to resurrect Serbia, and hatches a plan with brilliant nuclear scientist, Dr. Sergev Ustinov to smuggle enhanced uranium into Poland to build a nuclear weapon in exchange for 1 million US dollars. Assisted by Director Husarka Basia the corrupt Chief of Organised Crime, a sneaky mischievous, old school villain, and drug dealer Jasek, they arrange the crossings of the couriers carrying the Uranium and the safe arrival of Dr. Ustinov, but things obviously don’t go as planned. So who is the fourth courier?
The Fourth Courier is well plotted with murders, crosses, and double-crosses enough to capture any reader’s interest. Warsaw is described as a cold, dark, gloomy place to live, with food shortages, meat and bread doubling in price daily and very little money around, it’s all told with fantastic attention to detail. But I can’t say that I was impressed with the writing as I found it pretty sexist and filled with negative stereotypes and clichés. There are so many different characters and storylines that it’s too confusing and difficult to keep track of the who, what, where and when. Nevertheless the Finale is entertaining and action packed. Not withstanding its flaws, this is a book readers of espionage genre will enjoy and keep you turning the pages.
Release date – April 3rd, ’19
Pros: Atmospheric, characters, suspense
Cons: writing, complex storyline
Bibliogyan verdict: Fast paced and an almost perfect spy adventure.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Raised crisscrossing America pulling a small green trailer behind the family car, Timothy Jay Smith developed a ceaseless wanderlust that has taken him around the world many times. Polish cops and Greek fishermen, mercenaries and arms dealers, child prostitutes and wannabe terrorists, Indian Chiefs and Indian tailors: he hung with them all in an unparalleled international career that saw him smuggle banned plays from behind the Iron Curtain, manoeuvre through Occupied Territories, represent the U.S. at the highest levels of foreign governments, and stowaway aboard a “devil’s barge” for a three-days crossing from Cape Verde that landed him in an African jail. Tim was nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize. The Fourth Courier, set in Poland, will be published in spring 2019 by Skyhorse Publishing.